Honoring our Veterans: Trevor Pentecost
Meet Trevor Pentecost, Virtual Construction Engineer, who enlisted in the Arizona National Guard to fulfill his life-long calling of serving others.
How long have you been in the Arizona National Guard?
I enlisted with the Arizona National Guard a year ago. The year has been illuminating in that I’m constantly learning from people who have a diverse range of personalities and experiences that I normally wouldn’t be around had I not enlisted. It’s also been humbling learning how to embrace direction and feedback from people you barely know.
What is your MOS and what does it entail?
I’m currently training to be an Infantry Officer. Infantry Officers are Platoon Leaders who lead Soldiers into combat. The main responsibility is to lead Soldiers safely in and out of harm’s way while accomplishing the mission.
What made you want to enlist with the Arizona National Guard?
I’ve always wanted to serve in the military. I love any organization that fosters espirit de corps. After my twin brother and I served as campus missionaries with our church at Arizona State University for ten years, we both decided it was time for us to pursue our life-long calling of serving others as members of the Armed Forces.
Have you learned anything from your time in the Arizona National Guard that can be applied to your day-to-day work?
There is no greater way to show love than to lay down your life for your friends. I’ve been able to witness this first hand in and out of the military, and I have learned that anyone can do this for anybody at any time. Everyone around us needs help and encouragement, so don’t hesitate to get in the dirt with them. Dirt builds character! When I see someone who has a lot on their hands and is struggling, I try to join them in the middle to help them be successful at accomplishing whatever task lay ahead. It takes courage to be vulnerable, so tell others what you need.
What advice would you give to veterans who are interested in pursuing the trades?
In the military, we’re taught to always place the mission first and that same warrior ethos can be applied within the construction industry. Also, the same team building and camaraderie skills that you learn in the military are essential to your success in the trades.